What doesn't kill you...

So your thinking that with all the gardening your doing...... you will skip the work outs for a bit...after all how many squats do you do in a day when working in the garden?..... and what about all that lifting, tugging, pulling, carrying, pushing, pulling... so ya we can skip a few work outs...


Bring it on!!  :O) 

New garden

This is a long way from my vision for this garden. But its a beginning!

 six rows for lack of a better way to put it.. they will not be raised beds.. but there will be walk space between them.
Several kinds of Zucchini and Cucumbers sun tanning :O) 

Another busy beautiful outside day and a chick playpen

Ok I spent all day outside again today, mowing, digging, planting etc. I am officially wore out. LOL.

I rigged up this little playpen of sorts for the chicks today. They love it!
I will let them play outside when the temps are right for them like today and tomorrow... but we drop then for a couple days so they won't get to go outside and play.

Turned out they didn't even need the heat lamp. There is black fruit tree netting on the top of the pen you cant see it to good in the photos. So nothing could swoop down from above and snatch them.

 Plus Keeper was on baby sitting duty so he was watching for anything that might bother them. I still have a ton of daffodils in bloom. So pretty.
 Last fall I stuck some clippings off hygraneas in this bucket. You know how they die back at the first good frost.. then I cut them down to about 12" tall. I put some branches in this bucket with water and stuck it in the green house..
  Roots! Got to be the worlds easiest way to root off more hydrangeas.

Some of the roman shades that bids were out on have been approved by the clients. So tomorrow I will be picking up fabric and work orders. Get started on those.  :O)

I may not be able to move tomorrow but I got a lot done!

First off wanted to show you guys the four new chicks, yes I know I was only going to get five. But you see when I was back at Attwoods they had bantams and well they were so cute. Only four followed me home!
So ok we will have 9 chickens not 5 :O)
 I was at the right place at the right time over the weekend. I purchased 216.00 retail of plants for 9.00.
No really. I got the grapevines for 50 cents a piece. My best bud summed it up well, when you find plants at megga bargains its like finding a treasure! Its just so great!
 40 quart size pots of Tete Tete daffodils, Multiple plants in each pot. 10 cents a quart pot! I could not have even bought the bulbs for what I got the pots full for. Yes they are done blooming for this year but they will be back next spring and you guys know I am a daffodil aholic with the moles here.  So 4.00 for all 40.
These guys will be going around our new garden we are tilling up this next week end if the weather holds and we do not get any more rain! I want to put daffodils allll the way around it like a border. I told you guys we are going to try a garden in the ground using wire buried in a trench and I am going to put daffodils too. We are starting to feel brave and have discussed maybe this year just trying it with just the daffodils around the whole thing and see what happens... It not like they killed every single thing in my garden before. We know not to plant certain things in it like don't put a squash vine that your crop is tied to one root in the ground because then if they get that plant you lost allll that squash crop.. I think we will go with plants that are individual so if they get one say tomato that leaves us many more of that tomato.. Like I say we are not sure but we are thinking maybe just try it.. the wire buried in  2 foot deep trench  around the whole garden would work for sure but if we didn't have to do that.. man would that be nice. Okay so below the Tete Tete Daffodils I got.

 Then two 6 packs of lirope for 50  cents a pack. Lirope is one of those plants that takes a lot of abuse. It hard to kill it. It blooms pretty purple flowers and you can divide and split it as it grows... Here I put it in partial shade to shade.
 This was a HUGE job. I had one 35 foot row I had let get totally away from me! It was full of briars and weeds and well you name it.. whew... I also found two places where critters had made themselves a tunnel under the fence into my garden! No wonder I was having such a hard time with them in there last year and lately.. They are coming in two holes like this! Those will be filled with stones.
                                                                 Hard at work on it..
                         This is what it looked like when I started .. sighhhh mercy what a job this was...
 All done!! I have kiowa blackberries started  on the far end about 5 feet. I had let weeds get all in them as well.. oh my gosh that was a prickly job getting those out.. wont let weeds get back in again. I have right at 100 kiowas that I rooted off of my other kiowas if you guys remember .. I pegged them into pots.. Well they all took... I won't be able to fit them all in this row but I will fill it up with them.. the blooming bush you see is a cherry bush but its never had a cherry on it.  Maybe this year, who knows :O)
Then I cleaned the roof top on my green house today. It was dirty  and light was not as bright in my greenhouse as it could be so I washed it down.. Had to get on a ladder. It was a bit tricky but I got it done!
Then scrubbed down the sides and door and window while I was at it .I forgot to get a shot of the outside LOL oh well.. I have steadily been filling it up with seedlings.

Then  on top of that I mowed for a few hours this morning, yes hours. We have sandy soil so even with the incredible amount of rain we have had I was able to mow quite a bit. I like to use our push mower with bagger. I dump the clippings and leaves around shrubs as mulch. Like below, this is a Texas Lilac and I have got it mulched good now for spring.  As spring and summer go I keep mowing and keep dumping the clippings on anything I can. 
Yes I am exhausted and dirty from head to toe LOL but what a GREAT day!! The sun was out and the skies were blue. Warm and beautiful!!! Doesn't get any better in my book.

Spring,We are getting there....

Daffodils around my Fuyu trees I put in last fall. I hope they all four made it!
                                             Daffodils in moles tunnels around in the yard as well.
                                                       Citrus trees lining the driveway

                                                Daffodils, garlic, some onions  and herbs. Those are the onions I planted last fall from the little dried ones you get in a bag. So far they seem to be doing fine. I am curious to see if they bulb up into regular sized onions. So far no but I think its probably to early for that. If these make nice size onions I will plant them every year as I was able to get these and plant them in fall and it gave them such a head start over the green starts I put in January. Which as you guys know have been through it with the weather but they are holding their own!
same bed, the bed to the right o the walking path is my asparagus
Starting to see them popping up! These never made it to the house. Snacks while I walked

                                      Daffodils around fuyus again and in mole tunnels around yard

Fruit orchard in bloom. Only two of my plums were caught in those hard freezes with snow and ice. Those two always bloom out super early. I have high hopes for some fruit this year. Knocking on wood.

                                                         Another of the fruit orchard

 I put all my Tristan and Loran bush strawberries in this feeder! Hopefully can keep the rolly polly bugs off them this way!
 A confused Saffron! It should not be blooming right now but this one is. Its sopping wet like everything else right now. But you can see the yellow in the center!!

 The whole saffron bed. I am going to put a 2 foot chicken wire fence around the raised bed. The rabbits have eaten on these all winter. Had I not put the wire on top of it I am sure they would have dug up the bulbs and the squirrels.  I am sure its not good for them but they have tolerated the nibbling. But I want to keep the rabbits off them. I am going to put the black plastic netting that I have laying on them as well now on top of the chicken wire fence. That will keep the squirrels out of it it I think. I would like to not have anything laying directly on the bed itself.  I think every single bulb I planted sprout up! I am excited to see what I get off this bed come this October! We have have had a incredible amount of rain this winter. Then some ice and snow too. Great because we so needed it here to fill the lakes etc. But since saffron can rot easily if kept to wet I worried a bit. I think the raised bed is for sure the way to go. I used a good loose mix of dirt, compost, sand so it drained really well. It was never standing in water. So far so good!

                                                    Seedlings in the greenhouse.

                                                 Giant love in a giant white furry package

Mine and Keepers new babies and seeds and .......

I say mine and Keepers because Keeper loves chickens LOL. He knew the minute I walked in the door with the little box and it went cheep cheep cheep what I had. He is the best chick baby sitter you have ever seen. Then when they get big he protects them.  I got five. Yes for a girl who at one time had 45 chickens :O), it was hard to pick out just five. But five is all we need. That will supply the three of us with eggs. Honeyman, Me and Keeper. We got them at Attwoods Farm store. Just love that store.

I am trying to keep in mind that I have a bit less time now than I used to given I am working now. So five it was.

 and I am so tickled because they had organic chicken laying pellets and organic chicken starter!!! You cannot get organic chicken food down here Believe me I have tried. The feed stores all say it comes from north and east etc and its to expensive to have it  sent here blah blah blah.. Yes this feed was more expensive about twice what the other food was. BUT its organic non GMO and that is important to us. The chickens will eat mostly greenery, vegetables, as they will free range during the day. So way to go Attwoods I hope you keep carrying the organic chicken

Then they had seeds on sale so I got some radish seeds I didn't have, White Icicle, Radish Minowase Asian variety, Giant White Radish and then a goumet blend. I got a Italian pepper  Quadrato D Asti Rosso. I wanted to try. A cucumber that should be super fun it grows 2-3 feet long and 3" in diameter its Armenian Yard Long. I got another pepper Latin Pasilla bajo suppose to be brown when ripe and you dry it and it makes mild hot smokey spice That sounds good doesn't it.  Then I got the new cilantro I have been seeing that supposedly will tolerate heat much better. Finally a new basil that is suppose to have leaves so big you cna use them as wraps. Now that would be outstanding wouldn't it Make a mix then use basil leaves to wrap it up and maybe bake it or grill them? We will see if the leaves are really that big!

Then I got two tomato plants in 4" pots which are in the greenhouse so I don't have a picture to show you but they are called  Giant Rainbow... The picture showed a large orange, yellow, red  mingled thus the the name tomato.... They are a Heirloom tomato, so if they do well I will save seeds. They were on sale for 69 cents each They didn't have many vegetable seedlings out yet. Its been so cold here so they are later getting them in.. But the gal that does that told me this week she is getting in a truck of seedlings. Yes even though I do start many seedlings for myself. I do love to go to Attwoods and pick up a few seedlings of this and that to try. They have three packs there which I love So you can get just three of something to try and they are 69-89 cents for a three pack!

We are so close to getting into planting here I can just barely stand it! We are dragging this winter out for sure here but we are close!

Seedlings and Balloon Shades done!

My seedlings have grown! My tomatoes are in need of potting up. I am on that today.
As you can see I had some seed not germinate. I tried seed from several new to me seed companies this year. Some the germination rate of their seeds was pretty poor. But you never know till you try. Some I will buy from again as their germination rate was good. 

As usual the peppers are lagging behind in size. Always funny how much slower peppers grow than tomatoes. Probably a good thing really. I don't have time to pot up the peppers and tomatoes today! 

                         As you can see quite a few of my tomatoes reallllly need to be potted up.

Bids are out on 22, yes 22 roman shades, so I need to get cracking on my garden work that needs doing!
Oh my radish and onions and my Swiss chard that are in the garden all have survived our weird snowy icey winter weather! I am ready for spring and warm weather I can tell you! We have  however gotten a tremendous amount (for us) of much needed rain and moisture from all of this. Our lakes are up quite a bit!
We have also had one of the gloomiest, sunless winters I can remember. whew.

Below are the balloon shades for anyone who wants to see how they looked done :O). I was tickled with them.

I think the client is going to be very pleased with them. I was not able to get pictures to do them justice. I am not a photographer needless to say LOL.

These were 41 x 81 each. They are working balloons meaning they go up and down all the way.
The client wanted to use the banding material across the top and get a ruffle on the bottom. She only had a very small piece of that fabric. It was difficult to get that for her. This was the best that could be done. She knew this and  was fine with it. But had there been enough fabric the ruffle would have been cut longer so it would show more. But all in all they really turned out gorgeous.

In these photos they are hanging in the cutting room in the shop so not a very pretty back drop LOL... all the storage on that shelf surely does nothing for them.. We have L brackets allllll the way around that room for hanging finished treatments. Better that they be hanging, then be laying till they are installed.
Balloons require a certain amount of "dressing out" when you pull them up. Its just part of having a balloon shade. I did not take the time to fully dress these out. Once I knew they were good to go and pulling straight etc. I was onto the next thing. But you can see even not fully dressed out, they are pretty :O)

Two Balloon Shades

I am working right now, balloon shades. Two. These are some fast photos I took.
Sorry if the quality isn't super good. Just wanted to pop in and do a quick post to let you guys know I have not fallen off the planet.

This is a tone on tone patterned moire fabric. It was a barracuda to pattern match!
3 way pattern match and a dropped repeat on on side only. Now you figure that one out. I almost didn't! LOL Plus is very hard to see as its all one color but with a lot going on to see.
 In the last half of the 80s and into the first half of the 90s balloon shades were all the rage. I made a million of them. I personally have always liked balloons.  They are starting to show up more and more. I hope they make a raging come back :O).  Looks simple does it not where that seam is... It so was not simple to match that LOL.
 Normally I would not do a rolled edge hem on a ruffle but the client had this floral striped fabric she wanted to use and she didn't have very much, She wanted a band across the top of the balloons and a ruffle on the bottom. Thus the rolled edged hem. It actually looks nice and is a saver if your short on fabric. But isn't how I usually finish off a ruffle.
 Balloons are full and puffy and use a lot of fabric. So lots to handle. You sew on a lot of rings
 Shirring tape across the top back as these will be mounted on boards not on rods.
                                                   rings and pins marking where more rings go

Okay I have to get back to work just wanted to let you guys know where I am.

I will be back with a garden post as soon as I have completed these balloons and some photos of these finished!